The Chittenden County’s transit agency is going regional. Starting July 1, the Chittenden County Transportation Authority will permit municipalities in other counties to join as member communities, CCTA announced Wednesday. CCTA will take over the Green Mountain Transit Agency, which has provided transit services in surrounding counties, with no changes in service.
Under the expansion, CCTA will welcome representatives from Washington, Franklin, Lamoille and Grand Isle counties, all of which have been served by GMTA, a nonprofit agency created by CCTA in 2003. CCTA will continue existing transit service in those areas under the GMTA name, CCTA said in a news release.
"The public, including passengers, should not notice any changes in GMTA services or established branding identity," CCTA said. "The high quality of service currently provided by CCTA and GMTA will continue and no noticeable changes are expected to affect passengers in any way." GMTA’s vehicles, facilities and fares will remain the same.
The new, unified regional transit authority in northwest and central Vermont will serve 47 percent of the state’s population, CCTA said, providing "the maximum opportunity for service coordination and connectivity."